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For Immediate Release
February 10, 2010

 

Jenny Kefauver
703.850.3533
jenny@southeasternlegal.org

Todd Young
770.317.2423
todd@DMINews.com

EPA “overreaching” with global warming finding


13 Members of Congress, 17 Companies and Associations File Court Challenge Against EPA “Endangerment Finding”

 

ATLANTA/WASHINGTON, DC: Representing 13 U.S. Representatives, 17 companies and associations and itself, the Southeastern Legal Foundation (SLF) today filed a Petition for Judicial Review in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, challenging the Endangerment Finding on carbon dioxide emissions issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in December 2009.  In December, SLF filed a Petition for Reconsideration with the EPA on the Finding – and is filing a supplemental EPA Petition this week which includes blockbuster disclosures on scientific errors and fraud.

All legal documents and filings, as well as scientific background and reports, are available at www.epalawsuit.orgThe complete list of plaintiff-petitioners follows this release. 

 “Representing a group of well-informed and concerned Americans, including leaders in Congress who have been intimately involved in climate change issues for more than a decade, SLF has filed this important court action to enforce the rule of law and prevent the unprecedented power grab by the EPA and this Administration ,” said Shannon L. Goessling, SLF Executive Director and Chief Legal Counsel (pronounced GUESS-ling).  “The goal is to compel the federal government to follow the laws as enacted by Congress and to pursue legitimate public policy based on legitimate scientific data.  The American people deserve no less, and the U.S. Constitution mandates it.”

“The scientific basis for the EPA Endangerment Finding is flawed, based on questionable and potentially fraudulent data, and certainly does not rise to the level of certainty necessary to upend the American economy, toss millions out of work, and which promises little or no climate change benefit over the next half-century,” said Goessling.  “The reality is that the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports are crumbling beneath the weight of scientific exposure, and the EPA has tied itself to the IPCC reports lock, stock and barrel.”

In 2009, SLF filed a comprehensive public comment during the Public Comment period throughout which the EPA allegedly considered powerful scientific information that counters the prevailing IPCC reports on man-made climate change based on carbon dioxide greenhouse gas emissions.  Despite thousands of scholarly submissions, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson published the Endangerment Finding in December.

After the Public Comment period closed, “Climategate” and more recent disclosures presented substantial evidence of data fraud in the very documents, reports and analyses relied on by Administrator Jackson in making the Endangerment Finding.  Failure to investigate this new evidence that supports leading credible scientists' observations that “global warming”/climate change is not caused by humans (anthropogenic), but is natural, cyclical, and not as extreme as reported by the IPCC, creates significant legal problems for the EPA’s regulatory effort.

The EPA Endangerment Finding signals that draconian, costly regulations will be promulgated by the EPA in 2010 and beyond (according to reports, more than 600 pages of new mandates that will impose billions of dollars in costs and invasive burdens on American consumers and taxpayers).

LIST OF PLAINTIFF-PETITIONERS

U.S. Rep. John Linder (GA)
U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (CA)
U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (IL)
U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey (GA)
U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (GA)
U.S. Rep. Tom Price (GA)
U.S. Rep. Paul Broun (GA)
U.S. Rep. Steve King (IA)
U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal (GA)
U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston (GA)
U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (MN)
U.S. Rep. Joe Barton (TX)
U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady (TX)
Southeastern Legal Foundation, Inc.
Georgia Motor Trucking Association, Inc.
Georgia Agribusiness Council, Inc.

The Langdale Company
Langboard, Inc. – MDF
Langboard, Inc. – OSB
Langdale Chevrolet – Pontiac, Inc.
Langdale Farms, LLC
Langdale Ford Company
Langdale Forest Products Co.
Langdale Fuel Co.
Collins Industries, Inc.
Collins Trucking Company, Inc.
Kennesaw Transportation, Inc.
J&M Tank Lines, Inc.
Southeast Trailer Mart, Inc.
Horizon Freight System, Inc.